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Portraits of a Killer (1996)
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Portraits of a Killer (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An attorney takes the lawyer/client relationship too seriously. She ends up falling for her client, a very charming photographer who has been charged with a multiple murder. She wants to believe he is innocent but she cannot deny her suspicions.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, crimes, serial killer, strong sexual content, investigation, courtroom, legal investigation, fall in love, legal, danger, couples, who done it, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, law enforcement, deadly, dedicated lawyer, woman in danger, power relations, police detective, profanity, courtroom drama, prostitute, lawyer, hotel ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada

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Most similar movies to Portraits of a Killer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and rough films with plots about deadly, crimes, murder, law enforcement, dishonesty, crime and who done it mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Portraits of a Killer: Mistrial (1996), Twist of Fate (1998), Woman of Desire (1994), When Justice Fails (1999), A Twist of Faith (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 578
Mistrial (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a cop-killer goes free, a detective's search for personal justice veers dangerously out of control. Declaring a mistrial, he takes the accused, the judge and the jury hostage...and begins a trial of his own.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, psychological, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, injustice, murder, crimes, hotshot lawyer, legal investigation, law enforcement, false accusation, police corruption, legal, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.4
 315
Twist of Fate (1998)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A beautiful attorney's hunt for a serial killer is frustrated by his accomplice's twisted scheme to keep the killer free at all costs
Style: serious, rough, mind bending, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, dedicated lawyer, criminal heroes, rivalry, slasher, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, legal action, deadly, profanity, strong violent content ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
Woman of Desire (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A yacht captain, Jack Lynch, is accused of murdering his boss and raping the victim's wife, Christina Ford. Nothing is how it first appears. Jack seeks the help of veteran attorney Walter J. Hill to help prove his innocence.
Style: serious, suspenseful, erotic, tense, realistic ...
Plot: murder, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, courtroom drama, twins, false accusation, dishonesty, who done it, legal investigation, investigation, frame up, police detective ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
When Justice Fails (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A detective (Jeff Fahey) investigating the murders of two sex offenders gets involved with a beautiful district attorney (Marlee Matlin) who becomes a main suspect.
Style: suspenseful, serious, sexual, realistic
Plot: murder, crime, mute or deaf, track down, crimes, romance, fall in love, deadly, gays and lesbians, mystery, obsession, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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A Twist of Faith (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Vancouver Police Detective Henry Smith is one of those investigating the murder of Roman Catholic Father Martin, who was crucified in his own church.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, scary, rough, psychological ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, church, police detective, police investigation, redemption, obsession, law enforcement, psychopath, clergy, who done it, religions or cults ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 4.2
 347
Fatal Instinct (1992)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A homicide detective (Michael Madsen) falls for a resort owner (Laura Johnson) suspected of slaying a playboy developer.
Style: sexual, realistic, erotic, sexy, serious ...
Plot: strong sexual content, neo noir, crimes, mystery, deadly, crime, fall in love, police detective, femme fatale, danger, profanity, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 4.3
 234
Facade (1999)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: It should have been a simple murder. But a botched job, an old flame, and too many loose ends can spell just one thing for businessman Colin Wentworth: chaos!
Style: rough, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, hitman, vengeance, crime, crimes, danger, dishonesty, rivalry, deadly, hotel, infidelity, sexual relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Pretty When You Cry (2001)
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wife is caught in a web of sex and violence.
Style: erotic, suspenseful, serious, sexy, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, power relations, manipulations, sexual relations, legal investigation, dangerous attraction, who done it, investigation, cons and scams, legal, femme fatale, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 4.9
 398
Slow Burn (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The murder of the ex-wife of Doctor Sam Charney (Rutger Hauer) leads Detective Della Wilder (Pam Grier) to uncover a series of women's murders somehow linked to a big pharmaceutical company.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heroes, psychopath, police investigation, who done it, crimes, reluctant partners, law enforcement, female detective, serial killer, partners, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
The Witness Files (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A former actress, unjustly sent to prison eight years earlier, is forced to testify against a mafia hit man.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: crime, chases and races, deadly, life is a bitch, legal, on the run, cons and scams, witnessing a crime, couple relations, dishonesty, law enforcement, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
To Protect and Serve (1992)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A rookie cop becomes the chief suspect in the killing of some of his crooked cohorts.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: police detective, vengeance, good versus evil, profanity, crimes, chases and races, crime, deadly, escapades, life is a bitch, investigation, police corruption ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Without Evidence (1995)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: It is based on the true story of Michael Francke, who was the Head of Corrections for the state of Oregon before being murdered. Just before his murder, Francke visits his brother and informs him of a drug ring involving his prison colleagues. When ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch, deadly, crime, crimes, obsessive quest, heroes, dishonesty, law enforcement, political conspiracy, prison ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Hunt for the I-5 Killer (2011)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: “Hunt for the I-5 Killer” is a dramatization based on the haunting true story of the yearlong manhunt for a killer suspected of murdering 14 victims and committing numerous sexual assaults up and down the I-5 highway corridor through California, ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough
Plot: serial killer, police detective, manhunt, sexual abuse, deadly, crimes, law enforcement, murder, chases and races, who done it, girl in bra and panties, forced to strip ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.3
 2K
Rampage (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Rampage delves into the subject of legal insanity, so often the default defense in modern-time gruesome crime trials. Alex McArthur plays an outwardly normal guy who goes on incredible killing and mutilating sprees until (and even after, when he ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: courtroom, blood, capital punishment, courtroom drama, shot to death, dealing with death, legal action, legal investigation, law enforcement, gory, death in the family, power relations ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Body of Evidence (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sizzingly sexy Madonna leads a star-filled cast in this erotic thriller as a woman accused of killing a wealthy, elderly man through her insatiable sexual prowess.
Style: erotic, serious, rough, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, crime, seduction, infidelity, femme fatale, sex, crimes, dedicated lawyer, manipulations, dishonesty, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Lured Innocence (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A reporter sent to cover a murder trial discovers a web of deceit stemming from a torrid affair.
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, realistic, tense ...
Plot: small town life, infidelity, who done it, couple relations, obsession, couples, deadly, family problems, crime, crimes, investigation, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Double Jeopardy (1992)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Jack Hart lives with his lawyer wife and yound daughter and enjoys a wonderful life. Jack's old girlfriend, Lisa, comes into town and they have an affair. Lisa kills her current boyfriend in self-defense and Jack witnesses the whole thing. Lisa ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: femme fatale, murder, investigation, betrayal, love and romance, manipulations, legal investigation, protagonist as suspect, legal, dishonesty, courtroom drama, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Flirting with Danger (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A lawyer begins a sordid fling with an attractive young woman whom he slowly begins to suspect to be a serial killer of men.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, femme fatale, investigation, dangerous attraction, crimes, deadly, fall in love, psychopath, bra, sex, police, lawyer
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 663
Dead Awake (2001)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An insomniac (Stephen Baldwin) who walks the streets at night witnesses a murder which triggers a strange chain of events.
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: insomnia, murder, uncover truth, psychopath, amateur detective, investigation, protagonist as suspect, mystery, mind game, law enforcement, dishonesty, witnessing a crime ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.2
 282
Unveiled (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Using the natural beauty and mystique of Marrakech, Morocco as a backdrop, Stephanie uses herself as bait to discover the sadistic murderer of her childhood friend. C.I.A. agents Peter Masters and Jeremy Avery lead her on an erotic and intriguing ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, psychological, serious
Plot: serial killer, dishonesty, rivalry, woman in danger, vengeance, deadly, crimes, special agents, bait, intrigue, danger, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.0
 202
Dead Cold (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a carjacking leaves L.A. screenwriter Eric recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, wife Alicia nurses him back to health. Four months later, the two depart for a second honeymoon in an idyllic setting in the mountains. They are snuggly ...
Style: psychological, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: danger, deadly, crimes, couple relations, life turned upside down, profanity, isolation, snow, cabin, snowstorm, murder, neo noir ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.7
 635
Defenseless (1991)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Los Angeles lawyer defends her former college roommate, whose husband -- her lover -- has been slain.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, mind bending, serious, surprise ending
Plot: secret, jealousy, murder, crimes, love affair, fall in love, love and romance, crime, dedicated lawyer, dishonesty, law enforcement, strong sexual content ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.1
 213
Probable Cause (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A series of cop murders plagues the city. The remaining officers on the force are increasingly worried as the deaths increase with no leads. As the department's finest must solve the case before the killer strikes again.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, surprise ending
Plot: sexual harassment, serial killer, deadly, crime, crimes, rivalry, investigation, police detective, dishonesty, law enforcement, murder, sleepwalking ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 4.9
 616
Night Game (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A police detective tracks a serial killer who is stalking young women on a beach front after each game that a baseball pitcher wins
Style: suspenseful, realistic, offbeat, rough, serious
Plot: serial killer, murder, police detective, psychopath, baseball, police investigation, profanity, woman in danger, crimes, crime, deadly, who done it ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Dead in the Water (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Charlie Deegan has almost everything he has ever wanted. He has an important law practice, a beautiful secretary as his lover, and the chance to be appointed to the high court. The only thing wrong with this is that his shrewish wife Olivia, whose ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, mind bending, realistic
Plot: love triangle, murder, false accusation, investigation, crime gone awry, legal investigation, who done it, betrayal, law enforcement, couples, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A gangster who has commited all kinds of crimes is accused to have killed his wife. As he was not the murderer in this case Perry Mason intents to find the killer...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, mind bending
Plot: murder, courtroom, courtroom drama, uncover truth, legal action, power relations, righting the wronged, legal, false accusation, investigation, crimes, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.4
 343
Perfect Prey (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A former Texas Ranger is recruited by a Houston police captain to assist a homicide detective in the search for an elusive serial killer who collects antique dolls.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, tense
Plot: serial killer, kidnapping, psychopath, deadly, chases and races, crime, mystery, crimes, rivalry, danger, murder, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Intimate Stranger (1991)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A policeman (James Russo) guards a barroom singer (Deborah Harry) whose phone-sex sideline has put a killer (Tim Thomerson) on her trail.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: prostitute, phone sex, murder, who done it, sexual relations, police investigation, crimes, deadly, track down, chases and races, dangerous attraction, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.7
 528
Escape Clause (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man finds out that his wife has paid $10,000 to have him killed. Then both the would-be killer and the wife turn up dead ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, mind bending, rough, serious
Plot: investigation, murder, insurance, deadly, mystery, crimes, danger, hitman, crime, police detective, dishonesty, couples ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.0
 91
Naked Lie (1989)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: They are the perfect, and politically correct, couple. He is a judge, she is a high profile attorney. When she takes on a sensational murder case, the trail leads right to her own front door.
Style: realistic, sexual, sexy, serious, tense ...
Plot: prostitute, murder, hotshot lawyer, dedicated lawyer, love affair, life is a bitch, protagonist as suspect, deadly, love and romance, crime, romance, mystery ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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